Washington University offers its own program at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
The Rothberg International School, now housed in a new state of the art building in the center of campus specializes in courses related to Hebrew language and literature, Jewish studies, Israel and the Middle East.
Many of our participants are Hebrew, JINES, or Religious Studies majors; however we have had equally successful participants also come from biology (premeds too!), art, psychology, business, engineering, etc.
The program emphasizes Hebrew language study, beginning with an intensive ulpan course and continuing language courses throughout the semesters. Very advanced students may place out by passing the Hebrew exemption examination and are expected to take advantage of course offerings in the regular divisions of the Hebrew University.
Rose Weinberg serves as liaison, advisor and events planner. Special events for WU students include WU get-togethers (Thanksgiving dinner, Hannukah party, end of year celebration, etc.) and special guided tours to the Western Wall tunnels, the grottos of Rosh HaNikra, the Ghetto Fighters Kibbutz and Holocaust Museum, the Crusader City in Akko, the Old City of Jaffa, and the Biblical Botanical Reserve.
These events are in addition to those offered by the Office of Student Activities: study tours, weekend seminars, volunteer opportunities, social events and a wide range of extracurricular activities.
Applications are available from the Study Abroad Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are required to submit: two (2) letters of recommendation from academic referees - one of whom should be the student's language instructor - an official transcript, approval of Study Abroad advisor for Hebrew University (Professor Berg), and an academic statement of purpose by the deadline set by the study abroad office.
The academic statement should address how the study abroad program fits into your overall course of study at Washington University. Students should consider the following questions:
- Which courses have prepared me for the study abroad program, and how?
- Which courses do I plan to take at the Hebrew University? Why?
- How will that prepare me for the courses I (tentatively) plan to take when I return to Washington University?
Minimum one year of Hebrew coursework at Washington University at any level. There is no prerequisite to attend the summer ulpan only at Hebrew University.
Credit awarded for ulpan: 3 WU credits for summer ulpan (for eight week session), 2 credits for winter ulpan. This is awarded on the basis of academic performance at Hebrew University and evaluation of improved Hebrew proficiency based on the WU Hebrew placement test. All students wishing credit for ulpan must take the WU Hebrew placement test when the student returns to WU. The only exception is for students who pass the ptor at Hebrew University.
Credit for Hebrew University courses as part of the official WU program at Hebrew University, including additional Hebrew as required during the semester: maximum of 18 credits for the fall semester, including 3 for the summer ulpan; 17 for the spring semester, including 2 for the winter ulpan, for the maximum of 33 per year including ulpan. All courses must be preapproved by the Study Abroad Advisor (Professor Berg) in order to receive credit.
Credit for Hebrew Taken at Other Universities
Credit awarded for ulpan at Hebrew University in Jerusalem: 3 Washington University credits for summer ulpan (for eight week session), 2 credits for winter ulpan and short summer ulpan. This is awarded on the basis of academic performance at Hebrew University and evaluation of improved Hebrew proficiency based on the Washington University Hebrew placement test. All students wishing credit for ulpan must take the Washington University Hebrew placement test when the student returns to Washington University. The only exception is for students who pass the ptor at Hebrew University, who do not need to take the placement exam when returning to Washington University.
Credit awarded for Hebrew courses taken elsewhere: 3 credits for Hebrew courses based on improved Hebrew proficiency equivalent to a full year of Hebrew at Washington University.
October 1 - Spring semester only
February 1 - full year or Fall semester option